Chapter 1 - Racism"Ya see the stable buck's a ******"(Steinbeck 20).
Chapter 2 - Ableism “Well, that girl rabbits in an’ tells the law she been raped" (Steinbeck 41).
*squawk* Rape! *squawk*
Chapter 3 - Ageism“I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog" (Steinbeck 61).
The swamper refers to Crooks using a very derogatory term. Being the only black person on the farm, it enables the use of the "n-word" greatly upon many people. It was used an abundant amount of times towards Crooks which demonstrates the amount of racism towards him.
Chapter 4 - Classism"Crooks’ bunk was a long box filled with straw, on which his blankets were flung" (Steinbeck 66).
Lennie suffers from a disability that causes him to act out in ways that are pleasing to him. He has a proclivity for things that are soft, specifically a woman's red dress. He couldn't help but touch it due to his disability. The woman took it the wrong way and accused him of rape! Ableism is shown through the situation as Lennie could not help himself from being attracted to the red dress.
Due to Candy's dog being very old, the majority of the men on the farm wanted to get rid of him. This is a clear depiction of Ageism as Candy was taken advantage of because of his old age as well as his dog being discriminated for how old he was. Although the dog was very old, it does not mean it should be killed if it is still functioning.
Classism is portrayed throughout chapter 4 through the life of Crooks. Crooks is given a very unstable bunk to stay in, which is very untidy and with the animals. He comes from very little money. Similar to Lennie and George, they are migrant workers who are trying to make a living and maintain a stable life whereas Curley has such a high ranking in the social class that the thought of losing anything is furthest from his mind.